For the LORD spoke thus to me with 1 a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:
"Do not say, 'A conspiracy,'
Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy,
Nor be afraid of their 2 threats, nor be 3 troubled. 13 The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow;
Let Him be your fear,
And let Him be your dread. 14 m He will be as a 4 sanctuary,
But n a stone of stumbling and a rock of 5 offense
To both the houses of Israel,
As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many among them shall o stumble;
They shall fall and be broken,
Be snared and 6 taken."
Bind up the testimony,
Seal the law among my disciples. 17 And I will wait on the LORD,
Who p hides His face from the house of Jacob;
And I q will hope in Him. 18 r Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me!
We s are for signs and wonders in Israel
From the LORD of hosts,
Who dwells in Mount Zion. 19 And when they say to you, t "Seek those who are mediums and wizards, u who whisper and mutter," should not a people seek their God? Should they v seek the dead on behalf of the living? 20 w To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because x there 7 is no light in them. 21 They will pass through it hard-pressed and hungry; and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and y curse 8 their king and their God, and look upward. 22 Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness.